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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Package Design, 2014

I can’t stop thinking big....

International best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson teams up with Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart to expand the story set out in Clockwork Angels, the 20th studio album by the legendary rock band.

All the journeys of this great adventure -

It didn’t always feel that way

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself.

I was brought up to believe....

He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City - never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates...and give him a chance at love.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel is a remarkable, innovative story unlike any other.

The basis for this novel, Clockwork Angels: The Album by Rush, is available now at rush.com.

©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Amazing.!

If you could sum up Clockwork Angels in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Fantastic and Diferent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Owen Hardy, he have an adventure spirit.

What does Neil Peart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A lot of things, in this case, first off all, the "RUSH" conections,! This is my second book reading by Neal Peart and I like his emotion, his way to tell a story.!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Reveal the World Around You"

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Clockwork Clichés - "Suitable for 10 to 15yo"

Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angels to be better than the print version?

Yes. But only because I prefer that format.

Have you listened to any of Neil Peart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not aware of any other Neil Peart narratives.

Any additional comments?

As a 47yo long time Rush fan, I felt compelled to read this. I had listened to the album, & wanted more insight into the storyline & characters of the first concept album from Rush in decades. The book answered all of my questions &, although it helped me appreciate the album more, it made me appreciate the book less.

Neils narration is OK, although at times a little mono-tonal. The book is excessively littered with unnecessary references to Rushes extensive repertoire of song titles & lyrics (almost every page). The standard of writing is more appropriate for a 10yo. In my opinion, Neil would have done a better job on his own.

It should have a label "Suitable for 10 to 15yo". Maybe it could made into an interesting "Manga" style animation.

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Could Have Been Better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I only recommend this book if you are wanted a deeper look into the story behind the lyrics for the Clockwork Angels project. It is difficult to tell which came first - the lyrics or the story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

NO. I felt like I was being read to by my elementary school teacher. Other reviews of this author have also impacted that decision.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil Peart?

Yep - like his style. Wrong book for him to read, but I bet would be great on an "adult" reading-level performance.

Could you see Clockwork Angels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Too shallow of a story to hold water. Visually, it could look great, and has potential if modified. I am a huge fan of RUSH, and would go see it no matter how it came out. However, I would hope that this idea is not pursued to avoid tarnishing the band's name or reputation.

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Clock Works Angles

Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or Neil Peart?

Yes. I have read books from both authors and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Peart’s performances?

Yes

Was Clockwork Angels worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

First, I would like to give credit to the authors and ECW Publishing for offering a complimentary e book to all readers who purchased the hardcover. Not only was it effortless to download but the customer service was excellent.

The whole idea of supporting an album (Rush: Clockwork Angels) with a novel is not only unique but extremely creative. The partnership of Anderson/Peart/Syme makes the entire package a great experience for the reader and fan.

The storyline was reminiscent of Ayn Rand's "Anthem" and Rush's "2112" with the individual facing deciding between individualism and collectivism. The surprise though was that our main protaganist, Owen Hardy, was able to persevere and accept his fate and manage through it without having to change the world or set the world on fire.

I did find that the continuous use of Rush lines/lyrics a tad disruptive and somewhat cheesie for this reader as it distracted from the overall flow of the story. Instead of reading on, the reader stopped to pause and reflect on the many great songs Rush has recorded over the years. With that said, the use of the CA lyrics at the start of each chapter was extremely helpful in setting up each stage(s).

The books' ending was very well thought out and introspective ts to why Owen Hardy did what he did. And, to that end, the authors tended to their readers very well.

The CA package is extremely well done; with a good story line (Peart/Anderson), beautiful drawings (Hugh Syme), lyrics for each track of the album (Peart) and a great afterword from Peart to provide the backdrop for this working concept.

It is a story that young and old will enjoy.

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Good story Good Narration by Neal Peart

This book was a pleasant surprise. The weaving of Rush Lyrics was fun, I enjoyed it very much.

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Rush fans will love this maybe,

I am a huge Rush fan having all their albums. I was underwhelmed by this book. and found all the references to rush lyrics to be stupid and uninspiring.
OK, I know Rush fans will love this book and that Neal Peart is an amazing drummer that can do no wrong. This book left me uninspired and disappointed in the simpleness of the characters and the pour plot development.
what ever happened to the Anarchist and the Timekeeper? I guess they just went on doing there stuff.

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  • Rachel
  • DES MOINES, IA, United States
  • 10-22-13

Corny as hell but some interesting ideas here

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lyrical references were fun but I feel like there were too many. If I was reading a dead-tree edition of this book, I might have thrown it out the window!

If you’ve listened to books by Kevin J. Anderson before, how does this one compare?

I read one of his X-files books back in the day and I remember liking it. But I was much younger and less of a cynic so it's hard to compare.

Have you listened to any of Neil Peart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no but I would like to get one of his own travel books to hear him read it.

Was Clockwork Angels worth the listening time?

Yes I think so. I feel it added to the album.

Any additional comments?

I was really intrigued by the parallel universe/multiple world stuff. I wish there could have been more of that. It's sad that Lavinia got totally left in the dust.

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Fans of Rush will like this book...

The story was actually pretty good, my husband enjoyed it and I enjoyed it as well. It just wasn't the type of story that I normally prefer...

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